Sailor’s Going-Ashore Belt
A fine and scarce sailor's embroidered "going-ashore" belt of leather and needlework construction. The belt's reverse has a secret pouch in the back for stowing money. This belt would've been a serious fashion statement, with the flags boasting the various ports of call the sailor visited. The only other similar example I've encountered is on page 110 of the Henderson and Carlisle book "Marine Art & Antiques: Jack Tar, A sailor's Life, 1750-1910."
The belt is dated 1906 and features the initials "JC" as well as "GIBr" for Gibraltar. There are various country flags as well as crowns and geometric embellishments. Interestingly, the year 1906 is significant for Great Britain and Gibraltar as that is when the construction of significant fortifications were completed on the rock and it became the established home base for the Atlantic Fleet.
PROVENANCE: From a 1970's Chris Huntington sale.